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give up the ghost

Definition of give up the ghost

informal

  1. :  to die —often used figuratively <After years of service my car finally gave up the ghost.>



Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the quality or state of being springy

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

ghostplay
  1. :  the seat of life or intelligence :  soul

    :  a disembodied soul

    :  the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness

  1. :  to haunt like a ghost

    :  ghostwrite

    :  to move silently like a ghost


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